J.D. BEACH WINS AT ROAD AMERICA FOR ROCKWALL PERFORMANCE
NEWS June 11, 2010
Rockwall Performance Yamaha leave the Road America weekend ranked 1-2 in the AMA Pro SuperSport East Region championship standings with another victory and pole position added to their sterling 2010 record.
The gutsy J.D. Beach took over the title lead with another tremendous weekend to back up his Road Atlanta double win. Beach rebounded from a Saturday morning qualifying crash to score an inspiring race victory later that day and then claimed up a close runner-up result on Sunday despite suffering considerable soreness from his fall.
Beach's Saturday triumph continued the team's season-long streak of claiming a race win in every AMA Pro SuperSport weekend in which the team has participated.
The former Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup champion's win came following a dramatic contest that saw multiple riders battling for the lead, with a number of the race favorites making costly mistakes in their desperate bids for the checkered flag. Unfortunately, the team's pole winner, Cameron Beaubier, was one of those victims, crashing out of the lead with Beach right on his tail just three corners from the checkered flag.
"My team has been working hard this weekend," Beach said after claiming his win. "Cameron and I both had tip-overs in qualifying but the guys were able to give us competitive race bikes. It was a great race. I was on my 'B' bike so I had to get used to that. I just sat there and watched everybody battling until it was my turn to step it up."
On Sunday Beach missed out on his second consecutive double by just 0.200 seconds at the stripe after leading as late as the final lap.
Beaubier suffered from a poor start on Sunday and had to work up from ninth place early on. Clawing his way up from over five seconds back, he ultimately moved into podium contention with the front pack aboard his YZF R6 in the race's late stages, but was swapped back to sixth at the checkered flag.
Beach now leads the East Region with 139 points, followed by teammate Beaubier at 117.
Meanwhile, in Daytona SportBike competition, Marcos Reichert twice outperformed his fifth-row, 19th place qualifying effort. The Guatemalan battled his way to 13th and 14th place finishes pit up against the deep and competitive SportBike field in his first AMA Pro race weekend of the 2010 season.
Rockwall Performance will come out swinging following the summer break at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH on July 16-18.